Lloyd Bone, Associate Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sixth Annual Cosmopolitan Tuba & Euphonium Workshop
The Cosmopolitan Tuba Euphonium Workshop was founded as the Northeast Tuba Euphonium Workshop by Michael S. Milnarik in 2006. Salem State University, in historic Salem, Massachusetts, was the location of the 2006 and 2007 workshops. To accommodate the growing number of participants the workshop moved to the campus of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In 2010 the Cosmopolitan Tuba Euphonium Workshop was held at East Stroudsburg University, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania—in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, and in 2011 the workshop will be held at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania—right in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country!
The dates are July 10–23 for high school and college and July 10–16 for Adults and select eighth graders. Confirmed artists so far include Matthew K. Brown (tuba), Marty Erickson (tuba), Adam Frey (euphonium), John Metcalf (euphonium), Michael S. Milnarik (tuba) and Demondrae Thurman (euphonium) and more to be added. For much more information go to www.cosmopolitantubaeuphoniumworkshop.com/fr_home.cfm.
University of North Carolina-Greensboro Hosts David Childs
The University of North Carolina-Greensboro played host to euphonium artist David Childs on November 21, 2010. Mr. Childs presented a clinic during which he talked about his life as a performer and teacher and gave insight as to how he accomplishes all that he does. He then gave a masterclass with six performers from around the state of North Carolina. The performers included Josh Jones and Zachary English from UNCG (Dennis AsKew, professor), Brent Hill and Stephanie Landry from Appalachian State University (Chris Blaha, professor), Michael Blackmon from East Carolina University (Tom McCaslin, professor), and Josh Carmichael, Pfeiffer University (Brent Harvey, professor). Following a break, Mr. Childs performed a recital, accompanied by Dr. Inara Zandmane from UNCG.
Tuba and Euphonium Day at The Rock!
On Thursday, November 20, Brian Meixner hosted a tuba and euphonium day at Slippery Rock University (SRU) in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Conducted over a two day period guest artists were Patrick Sheridan, tuba and Lauren Veronie, euphonium who both performed recitals and taught lessons to the SRU tuba and euphonium majors. Pat Sheridan also gave clinics to the SRU Brass Band and Wind Ensemble and the event also included mass ensemble that rehearsed during the day and performed on one of the recitals. For more information concerning tuba and euphonium related events at SRU contact Brian Meixner at email@example.com.
North Carolina Tuba Consortium Helps State Band Directors
The North Carolina Tuba Consortium, founded by Dr. Daniel Johnson from UNC-Wilmington, is comprised of collegiate tuba and euphonium teachers from around the state. The group has presented several clinics at the state music educator’s conference, developed a new listing of district and all-state materials for high school students. They are looking at other longer-term online projects to continue to help band directors in the state offer the best possible instruction to their students. Current members include Dennis AsKew (UNCG) Chris Blaha (ASU), Tom McCaslin (ECU), Dan Cherry (WCU), Michael Schallock (WCU), Dan Johnson (UNCW), Fred Boyd (UNCC), Brent Harvey (WSSU and Pfeiffer), Dan Clouse (NCCU), Joanna Hersey (UNCP), Matt Ransom (UNCSA), and Michael Kris (UNCCH).
Charley Brighton Features 40th Recital
U. K. Euphonium Artist Charley Brighton is featuring live recordings from his 40th recital, which was performed on Saturday, November 20th at St. Mary’s Parish Church in Slough, U. K. The recital featured performances on euphoniums Willson 2900, 1980’s Imperial, 1920’s Boosey and the 1912 Hawkes Cavalry tuba. To listen to these recordings go to www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?songs=159069&T=6372.
Aaron Tindall appointed tuba and euphonium Instructor at Eastern Michigan University
Tuba and euphonium artist Aaron Tindal was recently appointed instructor of tuba and euphonium at Eastern Michigan University. Aaron was recently a finalist in the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition held in New York City October 14–20, 2010 where he performed on both the tuba and euphonium. He recently released a new solo tuba CD entitled Songs of Ascent on the Potenza Label. The disc contains four of the most challenging works ever written for the solo tuba Concerto for Tuba by Roland Szentpáli, Landscape by Torbjorn Iwan Lundquist, Concerto for Tuba by John Williams, and Songs of Ascent by Roger Kellaway. The recording was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award in the Best Instrument Soloist category. For more information contact Mr. Tindall at www.aarontindall.com.
Tubas in Space!
The legendary Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble (TTTE) recently chalked up another “ first” in tuba and euphonium ensemble history, the first tuba ensemble recording in space! The recording, entitled Legacy, traveled into space on the 31st flight of the space shuttle Atlantis, piloted by Tennessee Tech alumnus Captain Barry E. Wilmore. The CD launched with the Atlantis Space Shuttle from Kennedy Space Center on November 16, 2009 and traveled to an altitude of 221 miles, making 171 Earth orbits and covering a total distance of 4,490,138 miles! Recorded in 2007, Legacy was a project for the 40th Anniversary of the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble and was produced and directed by TTTE Director Winston Morris and included 23 Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble alumni and TTU music faculty members Joshua Hauser, euphonium, and Eric Willie, percussion. The project included performances in Chicago, the United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and culminated with a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Marshall University Low Brass Day 2011
On Saturday, April 16th Low Brass Day 2011 will be held at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. The event will be hosted by Michael Stroeher, Low Brass and George Palton, Tuba and will include faculty recitals, clinics, university ensembles, and a mass ensemble. The event will begin with registration at 9:00 and will conclude around 4:00. For more information contact George Palton at www.georgeplaton.com.
Atlantic Brass Quintet 25th Anniversary Tour
The Atlantic Brass Quintet, established in 1985 at Boston University, is please to announce their 25th Anniversary Tour for the spring of 2011. The group will return to its East coast roots with performances and masterclasses in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania. Venues include Julliard, Berklee College of Music, UMass Amherst, University of Connecticut, New England Conservatory, and Boston University. For more information, visit www.atlanticbrassquintet.com or contact the tubist John Manning Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Iowa at (319) 335-1656.
Prevaling Winds Features Great Brass Music
Prevailing Winds is a radio program hosted on KDLG Public Radio located in Dillingham, Alaska. Prevailing Winds is on Sunday at 2:00 p. m. Alaska Standard Time and features the very best in wind and percussion music. You will hear the likes of The Dallas Wind Symphony, Eastman Wind Ensemble, North Texas Wind Symphony and the finest Military Bands. Great Brass Ensembles like The Westwind Brass, Washington Symphonic Brass, Summit Brass, Empire Brass, and Canadian Brass. On the soloist front the likes of Steven Mead, Joseph Allesi, Patrick Sheridan, The Child Brothers. This is just the tip of the iceberg. KDLG is streaming at kdlg.org
Luis Maldonado Tribute to be Held
The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) in Edinburg, Texas will honor one of its most prominent music alumni by hosting a Tribute to Luis Maldonado on February 25–26, 2011 at the Fine Arts Auditorium on the UT-Pan American campus. The two-day event will highlight the career and achievements of this great euphonium soloist and will include recitals, masterclasses, and a mass ensemble performance (bring your horns!). The event will conclude with a gala concert on the evening of February 26 that will feature our guest artists performing with the UTPA Symphony Band. Guest Artists for the event will include Matt Tropman, Fritz Kaenzig, and Jerry Young. Admission to the event is free. For more information about the event please contact Dr. Scott Roeder, Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium-University of Texas-Pan American at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fredericton International Tuba Fest 2010
This was the seventh year for the Fredericton International TubaFest. Each year it has grown and each year has been different. Forty people signed up ranging in age from intermediate school students to grandparents. A music teacher with no experience on tuba joined in preparation for starting a high school band. The Festival started early again this year as Øystein Baadsvik came in to spend some time in local schools. That the year was going to be different was evident when, on the ride in from the airport, Øystein launched into a discussion of the periodicity of tree growth. This was balanced of course by his knowledge of how to select a good tuba. Thursday morning everyone attended an instrumental music class at Leo Hayes High School. Øystein ran a class on efficient practice techniques. Following a brief lunch everyone moved on to Oromocto High School where Øystein introduced potential band students to the euphonium and tuba, including getting them all to play either one or the other. That evening Adam Frey, Lance Nagels, and Jean Sutherland joined many at a restaurant to eat and plot the up-coming two days.
Friday morning Adam got us warmed up and then we headed into two hours of sight reading, facing such challenges as Mike Forbes arrangement of Suppe’s Poet and Peasant, Simon Proctor’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition entitled Miniatures at an Exhibition, and David Werden’s arrangement of Whitney’s The Mosquitoes’ Parade entitled Parade of the Giant Mosquitoes. After lunch, provided by the local firm Stereo Systems Limited, Adam worked with everyone a little more on tips for ensemble playing. Everyone then divided into three smaller groups to sight read more music. Following a break Øystein introduced everyone to his breathing/articulation device, a piece of letter paper held approximately 20 cm in front of the face. This is a relatively simple device that was used many times in rehearsals following its introduction, enough that someone suggested he should patent his teaching devices and sell them along with his “ Daily Exercises” book. The daytime session ended with Adam leading a masterclass for John Giberson and Stephen Gasiorowski and Øystein leading a class for Michela Comparey and Maxime Morisette. Lance taught a technical session for other players.
Following dinner there was a small concert featuring some of the groups that were attending Tuba Fest. All the players from Maine kicked off the evening with the national anthems of Canada and the United States and then Susie Polka (arr. Ray Grim) and Ave Maria by Franz Biebl (arr. Michael Forbes). A portion of the Maine group then demonstrated antique brass instruments. Two members of the Antique Brass, the host quartet were not able to play, so the others played but one number, Achieved is the Glorious Work by F. J. Hayden (arr. Mike Forbes), assisted by two people conscripted for the event. The last group was Richard Riding and Katherine Moller playing the “ Dance “ from Frackenpohl’s Air and Dance for Violin and Tuba. Katherine and Øystein then treated everyone to a spontaneous rendition of the Kesh Jig. The clinicians followed with a short session: Øystein, Jean and Lance played three trios composed by Anna Baadsvik “ On a Little Cloud,” “Cat Affairs,” and “White Field Blues,” Øystein and Adam played “Telemann Canonic Sonata No. 1 (arr. Frey)”, and Lance and Adam ended the concert with Double Portraits by David Uber. The evening finished with the small ensembles selecting and practicing the music they would play in concert Saturday night.
Saturday started off with Adam getting everyone working on breathing exercises and then everyone began working on the pieces that would be played in concert. Following a break there were masterclasses and a techniques session with Lance. Margo Grant and Ken Howells had a session with Adam and Randy Mauder and Richard Riding had a session with Øystein. Here Øystein introduced his second breathing device, a toothpick inserted into the receiver so there was a leak around the mouthpiece. This created a need to use a lot more air. It also improved intonation. Following lunch there was a panel discussion on effective practice techniques with Adam, Lance and Øystein sharing their thoughts. The large ensemble then had their dress rehearsal for the evening concert. Following a break and another panel on performance anxiety/technique the small ensembles had their dress rehearsals.
The evening concert featured the clinicians in the first half and the TubaFest ensembles in the second half. The evening ended with the large ensemble playing The Thunderer by John Philip Sousa (arr. David Werden), a rousing end to a spectacular weekend. The weekend was made possible through grants from the New Brunswick/Quebec Cooperative Agreement, and support from Stereo Systems Limited, Yamaha, Assante Wealth Management, Long & McQuade, Cimarron Music Press, and the Antique Brass. It was hosted by the Centre for Musical Arts in the College of Extended Learning at the University of New Brunswick.
Fredericton International Tuba Fest 2011 will take place on Friday and Saturday May 6–7, 2011 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Contact R. T. Riding at email@example.com Thanks for all of the information submitted by Richard Riding, Coordinator Fredericton International Tuba Fest.
Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble Dedicates Octubfest Program to Harvey Philips
Starting Saturday October 21, Octubafest at Tennessee Tech University (TTU) included 16 and a half programs over the next week and a half with the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble (TTTE) performing on Wednesday, October 27th, the day of Harvey Philips’s Funeral Services. The ensemble dedicated the program to Mr. Philips and R. Winston Morris, the TTTE’s director for nearly 45 years said, “After Mr. Bell, Harvey was my most important mentor for almost 50 years. And, along with Dan Perantoni and Jim Self, my best friend.” The Octubafest at TTU also included a program on November 2 for visiting composer Martin Ellerby.